|'Under Moody Skies' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
But there are some basic building blocks in mark making and once mastered they allow the artist to explore and discover their own silt of applying pastel.
I have three basic ways that I use to apply pastel.
WHISPERING MARKS, SHOUTING MARKS and DANCING MARKS.
- Whispering marks are those marks applied with the side of the pastel using a LIGHT TOUCH. A light touch allows for the artist to build many layers creating optical blends of color.
- Shouting marks are those marks applied with a heavy touch. The paper is covered with thick pastel. I use shouting marks when I know I will not be adding another layer to the area. I can shout at any point in the painting but most often at the end for the final marks.
- Dancing marks are those usually applied with harder pastels. They are linear marks used for detail such as grass. I like to let the pastel 'dance' across the paper and use BROKEN LINES. This makes more natural looking linear marks.
|Can you identify the three types of marks I made?|
How do you apply pastel? Think about the types of marks you make. Do you whisper or shout? Do you dance or do you something totally different?
Since a picture is worth a thousand words I made a short video demonstrating these types of three marks up close. The video is now available on my Patreon page for a sneak preview to patrons.
|Check out my video intro on my new Patreon Page|